South Korea's Defense Ministry says it will tell military units to stop using photos of North Korean leaders as targets during firing drills.
South Korean marines and some army units have been using pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his son and father as targets in the wake of the North's deadly shelling of a South Korean border island in November.
The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that those units decided to use the pictures as target practice on their own. The Defense Ministry will now tell them to use only standard targets.
On Monday, North Korea strongly protested against South Korean firing drills in the border area and threatened to attack. North Korea didn't mention the photo targets.